Why Using Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic in IT Devices Rocks

When Dell captured the Green Electronics Council Catalyst award for 2015 last fall at the Emerging Green Conference, I felt they truly deserved it. The first Catalyst Award focused on electronics and related infrastructures’ positive impact on the circular economy, where circular economy is defined as “an economic system that is safe and restorative by…

Happy Birthday, DigiTruck!

It was just this time last year that we introduced the DigiTruck – a solar-powered, refurbished cargo container outfitted with refurbished PCs and reborn as a mobile classroom (or clinic). This year, the DigiTruck finds itself at an orphanage in Tanzania. This particular DigiTruck was built locally with solar company Greenlink and will stay at…

Electronics from Milk

One of my biggest concerns on the road to sustainable IT is that, today, electronics are made almost exclusively from nonrenewable sources. Metals and oil for plastic come from the earth’s crust, never to be replenished. Last week, I wrote about new computer chips made from wood. This week, the news is about electronic components…

The Circular Economy Is not Free

Attending the GreenBiz Forum in Phoenix the week of February 16 was a wonderful experience. It was hard not to be inspired and delighted amid so many people doing so many good things. “The Circular Economy” was a term bandied about with relish – referring to our potential future, where waste is eliminated and goods…

Reverse Logistics Five Years Out

“What will be different about reverse logistics in 2020?” was the opening salvo from Dr. Dale Rogers, professor of logistics and supply chain management at Arizona State University and moderator of the 2nd Annual Reverse Logistics & Sustainability Council Conference opening keynote panel. The biggest game changer, according to Dr. Elliot Rabinovich, also a professor…